Home construction starting to take off east of I-75 in Sarasota

Nathan Law

The sound of hammers and construction crews have become increasingly common east of Interstate 75 in Sarasota County, where once only cows and crops and a human, here and there, called home before. East of I-75. The barrier between rural and urban. Cows and crop land vs. coffee shops and congestion. […]

The sound of hammers and construction crews have become increasingly common east of Interstate 75 in Sarasota County, where once only cows and crops and a human, here and there, called home before.

East of I-75. The barrier between rural and urban. Cows and crop land vs. coffee shops and congestion.

Residents of that area have fought through the decades to “Keep the Country, Country,” often pointing to the concrete barrier of the interstate as the point of demarcation setting their lifestyle apart.

Utilities are being installed along new roads in Skye Ranch. Skye Ranch is a new residential development on Lorraine Rd., which has been extended south of Clark Rd. in Sarasota, Florida. When built out, the 1,000 acre community will consist of 1,200 single family homes and 360 townhomes.

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But with developments like Lakewood Ranch’s Waterside Place, Skye Ranch and eventually the Hi Hat Ranch development, that urban/rural boundary has proven to be as effective as France’s Maginot Line at stopping the German advance.

Thousands of residences are planned, new roads will crisscross former cattle pastures and retail will follow behind the home construction, transforming the rural landscape into a suburban area.

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